In June 2011, PHR sent an investigative team to the coastal city of Misrata shortly after it was liberated by rebel forces. Our report “Witness to War Crimes: Evidence from Misrata, Libya” provides evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, torture, rape, forced internment, and disappearances. Following these findings, as well as the discovery of mass graves and mass killing sites in Libya, PHR called for the protection of all evidence and witnesses so that war crimes could be fully investigated.
PHR also investigated severe human rights violations committed by Muammar Qaddafi’s regime during the 2011 uprising that eventually ended his 42-year-long autocratic rule. In September 2011, PHR investigators went to Tripoli to investigate allegations of mass murder, resulting in our report “32nd Brigade Massacre: Evidence of War Crimes and the Need to Ensure Justice and Accountability in Libya.”